Burden on caregivers of people with schizophrenia: comparison between Germany and Britain

Burden on caregivers of people with schizophrenia: comparison between Germany and Britain

2007 Br. J. Psychiatry

Roick, C. | Heider, D. | Bebbington, P.E. | Angermeyer, M.C. | Azorin, J.M. | Brugha, T.S. | Kilian, R. | Johnson, S. | Toumi, M. | Kornfeld, A. | Volume: 190, Issue: , Pages: 333-338, Adaptation,Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Caregivers, Cost of Illness, Delivery of Health Care, Family, Female, Germany, Great Britain, Health Services, Humans, Male, Marital Status, Mental Health Services, Middle Aged, psychology, Quality of Health Care, Schizophrenia, statistics & numerical data, therapy, Unemployment,

BACKGROUND: Burden on the relatives of patients with schizophrenia may be influenced not only by patient and caregiver characteristics, but also by differences in mental health service provision. AIMS: To analyse whether family burden is affected by national differences in the provision of mental health services. METHOD: Patients with schizophrenia and their key relatives were examined in Germany (n=333) and Britain (n=170). Differences in family burden in both countries were analysed with regression models controlling for patient and caregiver characteristics. RESULTS: Family burden was associated with patients’symptoms, male gender, unemployment and marital status, as well as caregivers’coping abilities, patient contact and being a patient’s parent. However, even when these attributes were controlled for, British caregivers reported more burden than German caregivers. CONCLUSIONS: National differences in family burden may be related to different healthcare systems in Germany and Britain. Support for patients with schizophrenia may be shifted from the professional to the informal healthcare sector more in Britain than in Germany

https://www.doi.org/190/4/333 [pii];10.1192/bjp.bp.106.025353